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A Major Accomplishment for Poxabogue Pro

Posted on 13 August 2014

It was back to pitching and putting at the Poxabogue Golf Center Tuesday afternoon, teaching children how to hit driver and tracking the flights of his students’ iron shots. To the casual observer, it would be hard to tell that club pro Rob Corcoran had just come off the highlight of his golfing career.

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Swimming is Star for the Day in Montauk

Posted on 30 July 2014

By Gavin Menu The goal of the Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge at Ditch Plains beach on Saturday was to raise money for new aquatic and cultural centers at the Montauk Community Playhouse, which over the last eight years has raised roughly $2 million toward the project. The celebration, however, was for the pursuit of swimming [...]

Pierson Athletes Honored by New York Sports Writers

Posted on 30 July 2014

Aaron Schiavoni, who graduated from Pierson High School in June, has been named to the first-team All State Class C baseball team by the New York Sportswriters Association.

Sag Harbor Whalers Season Ends With Loss to Bucks

Posted on 30 July 2014

Only three days removed from winning their second consecutive regular season title, this year in a split with the Southampton Breakers, the Sag Harbor Whalers of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL) had their season come to an end Tuesday with a loss to the Shelter Island Bucks in a playoff semifinal.

Whalers Split Regular Season Title, Set Sights on Playoffs

Posted on 27 July 2014

The Sag Harbor Whalers of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL) won two of their last three games, including a 9-4 win over Montauk on Saturday, to claim a share of the regular-season title with Southampton.

Skoot Wins North American Championship

Posted on 23 July 2014

By Gavin Menu Sag Harbor’s Breakwater Yacht Club was well represented at the 2014 New York Yacht Club Race Week in Newport, Rhode Island, last week with captain Jim Vos and his crew sailing Skoot to victory in the J/109 division. The victory came with an added and significant honor since the event doubled as [...]

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Sag Harbor Whalers in Mix for Regular Season Title

Posted on 23 July 2014

The final games of the regular season will played this weekend in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, which as of Tuesday had five teams separated by just two-and-a-half games in the standings.

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A Friendly Swim and a Fighting Chance Against Cancer

Posted on 16 July 2014

Swim Across America, which hosts over 30 events across the country every year, is a family affair when it’s localized to the East End of Long Island.

Close to a hundred swimmers—brothers, sisters, parents, aunts, uncles and longtime friends—gathered at Fresh Pond in Amagansett early Saturday morning, for the fifth annual swim organized by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue squad, which benefits Fighting Chance in Sag Harbor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and other research organizations.

A New Pitcher’s Mound for Whalers of All Ages

Posted on 16 July 2014

The season will come to a close for the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL) when a champion is crowned early next month. The Sag Harbor Whalers are expected to be in the mix for a title, but if they fall short, the season will still be remembered as a success for other reasons.

With 17 wins so far, some of the largest home crowds in the league and eight players who were selected to this past weekend’s All-Star game, the Whalers can now add the construction of a new pitching mound to their list of accomplishments.

Community Sailing Thrives at Breakwater

Posted on 02 July 2014

Jack Reiser was in his second year as club steward of the Breakwater Yacht Club when a young African-American girl from Selden showed up on the club’s footsteps, scholarship in hand, hoping to become a sailor.

“She wanted to learn how to sail, her parents had no clue, but through Head Start they learned about the scholarships, and the kid loved it,” said Reiser, who was one of the club’s first members 25 years ago. “The parents figured out they could turn their kid into a straight A student because they said they would ‘buy’ her the scholarship. The kid went from a C student to a straight A student.”

There are a great many traditions that revolve around the water on the East End, and in Sag Harbor, in particular, with sailing at or near the top of the list. Long considered a sport for the wealthy and elite, community clubs like Breakwater are breaking that mold as they commit to bringing sailing to the masses, children and adults alike.

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